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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A simple little weather idea

I am facing the fact these days that summer is over. 

The leaves falling off the trees, the groups of children on the sidewalks back at school, and myself in a warm and dry coat when I walk the dog are my first clues.

This week as the weather has spent a while looking like it is about to rain. As a result I have been glad I have a coat with a detachable hood I can stuff in my purse for emergencies. I can see putting something like this in a backpack for a kid too.

It's a simple idea and one you have probably already thought of but here's mine edition.

To make a detachable hood all you need is a pattern with a view with a hood and one without, with just a collar.

I used the Jalie City Coat:

I made my own coat in some softshell with a fleece backing on the inside. Very practical, warm, dry, and cozy. The coat I made had just the collar, much like the one pictured above.

I then made the hood as a separate item and hemmed it. Next I sewed some of those big snaps that are now available, three of them, a set on the under collar where they don't show, and on the hood.

Here's how that looks:

Pretty simple really but one of those practical manoeuvres a person who sews her own clothes can make.


Dina in Ottawa said...

I am planning a coat pretty much just like yours. Did you try to water proof the seams at all? I've been trying to figure out if I should bother or not. Thanks. Dina in Ottawa

Barbara said...

Dina I thought about that but didn't. All seams are serged and pressed to one side and top-stitched and I haven't had any problems and I live in Halifax, not exactly a dry place! If I was working on a boat maybe but for my life I have stayed warm and dry just fine with these seams.

Alison said...

Oh Barbara, thank you so much! that is good to know about the seams/rain issue! I have some similar fabric (I think, with gore-tex in the middle bonded to fleece on the inside) and I really wasn't sure how to handle it. I was afraid that the seams would leak like mad in our rainy weather... now I will attempt some outerwear and hope for the best!

Anonymous said...

With hearing aids that don't take well to even the slightest dampness, I am devoted to hoods (I also have one of those hats that look like I am planning a fishing trip to the Bering Straits). This sounds like great fabric! You could even attach the waterproof hood to multiple collared jackets/coats by adding snaps under their collars.


Anonymous said...

What a great job, Barbara. If I may ask, where did you get those cool square snaps? Thanks!